Floyd Mayweather vs. Ronda Rousey – StreetFighter edition
In 2015 the headline didn’t refer to Conor McGregor and his super fight with the greatest boxer of all time. Instead, this was an even more fanciful match-up between woman champion Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather.
Before Floyd’s historic and record-breaking showdown against Manny Pacquiao, there was a lot of media attention on the possibility of a fight between him and Rousey.
The Rowdy one had been arm barring her way through the UFC roster as well as moonlighting in major Hollywood pictures when she beat Floyd for the best fighter award at the 2015 ESPY award. She also won the best female athlete that year and in 2014.
Her acceptance speech is famed for the lines, “I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once,” and “I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.” This followed on from her saying they probably wouldn’t fight unless they had been dating.
At the time Conor McGregor was just becoming a main event star. He had previously headlined in Europe but he headlined his first American card January 18th, 2015. The idea that he’d be the one stepping in the ring to box seemed even more ludicrous. Conor would go on to beat Chad Mendes and then achieve greatness by KOing another untouchable legend, Jose Aldo.
Mayweather beat Pac-Man in an event that sold an estimated 4.4 million pay per views, he went on to beat Andre Berto and tie the undefeated record of Rocky Marciano before retiring. Rousey went down to Brazil and KO’d Bethe Correia, her next fight abroad didn’t end so well.
The closest we’ll ever get to Rousey squaring off against Floyd is a computer simulation but we will get to see McGregor vs Mayweather August 26 in Las Vegas. Most agree that it will be a comfortable victory for Mayweather but there is always a chance that it goes the way of the Street Fighter bout with the UFC fighter gaining a decisive knockout victory.
The author, Nicholas Westerby, has trained boxing and kickboxing since 1995. You can watch his UFC retrospectives, predictions and fight card reactions on his YouTube channel.